Will this O-Scale 2-Rail Layout Handle 2-8-0 and 2-8-2 Steamers?

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Brakeman Hal

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My radii are 42" minimum and 45" and 50" on the corners.

I run 4-axle diesels and a 4-6-2 Pacific with no problems, but I'd like to run a 2-8-2 Mikado or a 2-8-0 Consolidation.


Iron Horseman

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It will depend on the brand. There is always a compromise between exact "scaleness" and ability to go around tight corners. Fortunately 42" is not real tight, so I will GUESS that yes there should be several out there that will.
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Iron Horseman

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I did some scouting and am finding 2-rail Consolidateds and Mikado's to be either, rare, expensive. or too stiff for your curves. I did however remember the AHM Indiana Harbor Belt 0-8-0. It was manufactured in the 1960s and 70s. It came in kit and assembled format. I know it went around the AHM 30" radius track. I think with a bit of work one could add a leading truck and make it into a consolidated. At one time I had the plans to convert two of them into an USRA 2-8-8-2. No idea where those plans would be now. Hiding in a file folder somewhere I am certain.

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